Catalyst Volume 23 Issue 4

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Investigating poisoning

This article looks at criminal poisoning and shows how forensic science is used to solve serious murder cases.

Mount Etna - Europe's biggest volcano

This article takes a look at Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, the biggest and tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world.

Ice - water - steam

This article describes an experiment in which, using a microwave oven, water can be boiled in a cup made of ice, allowing all three states of water to be seen at once.

Extremophiles - How to find life on Mars

This article looks at life in extreme environments on Earth which can suggest how life might exist on Mars.

The other genome project

This article details how the genome of a plant called Arabidopsis has been unravelled so that this species can act as a model in genetic studies. 

Seeing inside cells

This article shows how various types of microscope allow scientists to see what is going on inside living plant cells.

Passive house

This article looks at buildings designed to cut heating demand almost to zero.

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Investigating Poisoning

Investigating serious crimes such as murder, rape and terrorism requires forensic science experts. These people work alongside the police to find the evidence that will bring the culprit to court.

In this Catalyst article, Tony Hargreaves looks at criminal poisoning and shows how forensic science is used to...

Mount Etna - Europe's Biggest Volcano

This Catalyst article takes a look at Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, the biggest and tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. The article explores the geology of the volcano, its history and the local habitat surrounding it including how the volcanic conditions create...

Ice - Water - Steam

This Catalyst article describes an experiment in which, using a microwave oven, water can be boiled in a cup made of ice, allowing all three states of water to be seen at once. The article explains what equipment needed to carry out the experiment, instructions, and a detailed explanation of why it works.

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Extremophiles - How to Find Life on Mars

This Catalyst article looks at life in extreme environments on Earth which can suggest how life might exist on Mars. One of the developments in recent years that really opened up scientists’ eyes to the possibility of life on Mars has been the realization of just how adaptable and versatile life on Earth is.

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